Rock In Rio
4/30/2003 - Review by: Frank Hill
Iron Maiden - Rock In Rio DVD - reviewed by: Nailer
Question: What do you get when you cross Iron Maiden with about 250,000 screaming Brazilians?
Rock in Rio is a straight-up concert filmed at one of the largest festivals in South America. It's not a compilation of videos or rehersal banter or any of that stuff. It's Iron Maiden in their best live release since Life After Death. Filmed in 2001 after "Brave New World" came out, there is enough of a mixture of new and classic songs to keep any IM fan happy. and the songs are paced smart enough to keep any large blocks of time from becoming to boring or heavy. After one of the longer numbers, like "Brave New World", they'll pull out a crowd wind-up like "Wrathchild". The only classic missing is "Flight of Icarus", but I wasn't bothered because "Blood Brothers" is amazing with its slow-to-intense passages.
The production sound on this one is really LOUD. Hell, I thought it was loud probably from the three guitarists, good miking of the band and the noisy crowd overdubs and I don't even have a surround sound system which would make it 10 times better. I don't even care about the purists who would say that it's not the true show if it has studio overdubs--fuck you, this DVD kicks ass and puts you right there with those screaming Brazilians. I could close my eyes and picture myself surrounded by thong-wearing beach hotties... I know it's Maiden, be quiet!
Raising Hell was a decent enough Maiden DVD, but Rock in Rio completely blows it out of the water. It's mixed better, it's filmed better, it's wide open and the songs have more life then they've had for 10 years. After 30 years together, Maiden is playing this show with the exhuberence they had back in their earlier days. Everybody looks to be having a great time playing the show. Steve is the central commander, Yannick is all flyin hair and high steppin, Dave and Adrian are the bedrock field sergents, Nicko is...uh, Nicko. Bruce, of course, is running around like a madman and is in top form.
The editing is very well done with loads of angles from multiple cameras. Only problem I had was the editing was that sometimes it's a bit too fast. I'm one of those types that thinks if they hold the camera on the guitarist long enough, I could figure out the song. I usually can't, but they could at least hold it still long enough for me to try.
There is a second DVD with interviews a "Day in the Life" featurette, picture gallery and stuff like that but I haven't watched it yet cause I can't get past the main one. Pick this one up to see the best band in metal as good as they can be.
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